Justin Drew Bieber
March 1, 1994 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Biebs, JB, kidrauhl, JBieber, Bizzle, -stin (referring to a certain era, behavior or hairstyle, for example "Baldstin")
Singer, songwriter, record producer
Island, Teen Island, RBMG, School Boy, Def Jam
After being discovered on YouTube in 2008, Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in 2009. Bieber became an instant success, and was the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his debut album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It was a worldwide success and spawned the single "Baby", which became one of the best-selling and most famous songs of all time.
He is best known for the hit singles "Baby", "Boyfriend", "As Long As You Love Me", "Beauty And The Beat", "What Do You Mean?", "Sorry", and "Love Yourself". In 2016 and 2017, Bieber was featured on several successful collaborations, including "Cold Water", "Let Me Love You", "2U" "Despacito (Remix)", and "I'm the One". Both "Despacito (Remix)" and "I'm The One" reached #1 worldwide. His album and singles sales in the United States total 44.7 million. He has sold an estimated 140 million records, making him one of the world’s best selling music artists.
Bieber has won one Grammy Award (Best Dance Recording) and two American Music Awards. Since 2011, he has been listed four times by Forbes Magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world. Bieber became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo.
Justin Bieber was born on 1 March 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph's Hospital and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He is the only child of Jeremy Bieber and Pattie Mallette, who were never married. Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane, and stepfather, Bruce. His mother is of French-Canadian descent; his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his family roots are English and Irish.
Through Jeremy, Justin has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn and Jaxon. Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father.
In January 2007, 12-year-old Justin sang Ne-Yo's "So Sick" for a local singing competition in Stratford, placing third. Pattie posted videos of the performances from the contest on YouTube for their family and friends to see. From there, Bieber began building a YouTube channel and eventually acquired a significant following, which ultimately caught the attention of music manager Scooter Braun.
Braun eventually became Justin's manager and introduced him to R&B singer Usher, who signed Bieber to his Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG) label. Bieber would also sign to Island Records, through record label executive L.A. Reid.
Relationship with One Direction and Zayn Malik
In 2015, One Direction and Justin Bieber released albums on the same day, November 13. Before this, an elaborate media campaign pitched the two acts, and their fanbases, against one another in the race to number one. While Justin made several comments about a rivalry, One Direction did not address the set up. Ultimately, One Direction achieved the number one debut in Europe, continuing their ongoing record, while Bieber achieved number one in the United States, solidifying his comeback there.
Justin and Louis have never been seen together or confirmed to be friends. Louis, along with Zayn, both defended Justin on Twitter in 2013, after the media attacked him, due to a run-in with abusive paparazzi. They tweeted "Although I don't know him personally, I do wish the press would take it easy on @JustinBieber" and "I really do empathise with him, I don't see anything out of character in comparison to any other teenagers I know". Justin replied "@zaynmalik @Louis_Tomlinson, thanks fellas. all good over here. much appreciated." In May 2015, Louis briefly stayed at Justin's Los Angeles house with friends. It is thought he was renting the place out temporarily.
In April 2012, Liam tweeted that he was in the recording studio with Justin, commenting on how Justin's Believe album had "good beats/tunes". Liam, along with Louis, poked fun at Justin's short-lived nickname 'Bizzle'. On March 24, 2015, a Bieber fan tweeted Liam, saying: "Isn't it kind of depressing that Justin Bieber is more successful than you?" to which Liam replied "How many times have I been arrested?" leading to minor backlash from Justin's fans. Justin never commented on the tweet. In October of 2016, Liam attended one of Justin's Purpose Tour concerts in the United Kingdom. In March 2017, Liam told Rollacoaster Magazine about his renewed friendship with Bieber, stating: "He’s a great guy, inside there’s a really good heart. I told him 'the difference between me and you is I had four different boys going through the same thing to look to. He didn’t have that'". I said to him, ‘Take my number and any time you want a chat, let me know as I’m here and I understand exactly what you’re going through and I understand your world.’ He needs somebody like that and in that position.”
Niall commented during his 2010 X Factor audition that he looked up to Justin Bieber's success and wanted a career like his. He and Justin have been seen together many times, often tweeting and hanging out, particularly in 2015. Niall has commended Justin on his music, success and fame and has covered Justin's songs. In July 2016, to celebrate Canada Day, Niall tagged Justin in an Instagram photo. In the lead up to Niall's debut solo album release, Bieber posted a close up photo of the Flicker album cover to his Instagram page in September 2017, to which Niall replied "Arsehole :D".
Harry and Justin have never been seen together. It is assumed they have met due to the other members of One Direction having met Bieber. In 2015, Harry unfollowed Justin on Instagram. On 19 May 2017, Bieber posted a screencap of Harry's Carpool Karaoke video to his Instagram page, with the caption: "Just watched the Harry Styles carpool karaoke!! Hilarious! Also congrats on the album, it sounds great!".
Zayn spoke in a radio interview about being invited to Justin's house in 2013. He said they cooked and used Bieber's indoor skating rink. In another interview, Zayn stated his musical tastes and singing style were quite similar to Bieber's. In 2015, Bieber commented that he had not spoken to Zayn in years but hoped he was doing okay after leaving One Direction. In March 2017, UK tabloid The Sun speculated that Zayn and Justin might collaborate together. In July 2017, Bieber posted a photo of Zayn and girlfriend Gigi Hadid from Vogue Magazine to his Instagram page, with the caption "Love this".
Both Niall Horan and Justin Bieber dated US pop singer Selena Gomez, though Horan's relationship with Gomez was not made public, only uncovered over time by fan sightings and meetings, and an eventual 2016 acknowledgement from Horan. Selena dated Niall in early 2014, as he recovered from extensive knee surgery in the United States. In 2015, Gomez was spotted several times with Niall, both in Los Angeles and London. She attended One Direction's Apple Music Festival set, and the 2015 X Factor grand finale where One Direction made their final performance. Gomez stated in a 2015 interview that Niall was one of her best friends.
Selena dated Justin Bieber from December 2010 till 2014, with the pair breaking up and getting back together several times. She has claimed Justin was unfaithful to her, and both have spoken about the emotional toll the relationship took on them, in interviews and in their music.
In late 2015, Selena commented on a fan's Instagram saying she preferred One Direction's Made in the A.M. album over Justin's album Purpose. During a late 2016 appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Niall did not offer a denial when Corden mentioned Niall had dated Gomez in the past.
Gomez briefly rekindled her relationship with Bieber in October 2017, though the pair split again by January 2018.
Justin Bieber identifies himself as a faithful adherent of Christianity, saying he communicates with God via prayer and that "he's the reason I'm here". Bieber and his beliefs have been criticized by various right-wing, fundamentalist Christians, due to his sexualized or "effeminate" image. Justin's concerts have been the target of right-wing, fundamentalist Christian groups and their protests, some videos of these protests are uploaded to YouTube. Since 2016, Bieber has been more open about his Christian faith, often posting verses from The Bible or pictures with his Christian friends. Bieber has also been the victim of many conspiracy theories by Christians.
In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Justin stated "homosexuality is everyone's own decision" and that he believes abortion is "like killing a baby". When asked about abortion in rape cases, he responded: "Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that". These comments were heavily criticized by the media and the public at the time. In 2013, a video depicting Bieber urinating in a bucket in a restaurant kitchen was leaked online. Bieber can also be seen in the video spraying a photo of Bill Clinton with cleaner fluid while stating "F*ck Bill Clinton". Bieber later apologized for the incident, and to the former President. The same year, Bieber visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and was criticized after leaving a message in the visitor book stating "I hope Anne would've been a Belieber". Many found the comment highly insensitive and trivialised the trauma of a World War II Holocaust victim. In June 2014, several videos of Bieber singing a song with racist lyrics and telling racist jokes were sold to and published by TMZ.
Bieber has been the target of intense Internet vitriol since his debut. In 2010, Justin was frequently criticized for looking and sounding too young. He was also targeted for his androgynous appearance, with jokes referring to him as female or a homosexual becoming an online meme. From 2009 to 2012, Justin's music was heavily scrutinized for being bubblegum pop, which many feel is disposable and manufactured. The music video for "Baby" became the most disliked video on YouTube, with over three million dislikes. In 2015, the attitude towards his music began to shift, but the public perception of him as a person is still largely negative, mainly due to his legal and personal troubles. Bieber has also received criticism for his continued frustration toward his fanbase. In 2015, Bieber told off a live audience for clapping off-beat, stating "At least clap on the right notes". Bieber also walked off stage and refused to perform at another show, after fans would not stop trying to touch him while he cleaned water off stage. In March 2016, Bieber announced he was cancelling all backstage meet and greets, then later elaborated that he would no longer pose for any photos with fans, stating: “I realise people will be disappointed but I don’t owe anybody a picture, and people who say ‘But I bought your album’ know that you got my album and you got what you paid for — an album! It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo.” In April of 2016, Justin was accused of "cultural appropriation" after debuting a dreadlocked hairstyle. Also in April 2016, various Twitter users accused Justin of supporting Republican US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump after liking a post of Trump's on Instagram. In October 2016, he dropped his microphone and briefly walked off stage after trying to stop his concert crowd from screaming so he could talk. In July 2017, Bieber randomly cancelled the 14 remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour. He explained to fans via social media that he was exhausted after touring for almost two years. Later in July of 2017, Bieber was involved in a collision with a paparazzi, Bieber exited the vehicle and helped the injured paparazzi, while Justin was criticized, it was speculated that the paparazzi had got in the way or "was playing chicken" with the car. While the cancellation initially caused controversy and anger, Bieber's musical success continued a month later when he released "Friends", a top 20 hit, and his first single as a lead artist in over a year. Due to his music being more mature, the hatred he has received since his debut has died down, however there is still a large anti-Bieber bias among certain groups, as he still seems to be a taboo subject.
In November 2013, Justin was charged with vandalism and forced to pay a fine after graffitiing in Brazil. The following month, Bieber pleaded not guilty to striking a limousine driver in the back of the head. The case was eventually dropped. In January 2014, Bieber was arrested and detained for egging a neighbours house, causing $2000 in damage. He was ordered to pay $81,000 in damages. Bieber served two years of probation, five days of community service and was admitted to 12 weeks of anger management classes. Just a few weeks later, Bieber was arrested again for being intoxicated while drag racing in Miami. He was also charged with driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. He would eventually plead guilty to reckless driving and resisting arrest. A plea deal saw him take a 12-hour anger management course and pay a $500 fine. 7 months later, Bieber was once again arrested for dangerous driving on his ATV (all-terrain vehicle), he was also charged with assault on a photographer. In July 2017, while leaving church, Bieber was involved in a hit-and-run incident with a photographer, Justin got out of the vehicle and helped the photographer and stayed with him, Justin was questioned by the police and was not cited, no arrests were made. In July 2017, the Chinese Government appeared to have banned Justin from performing in China due to "past behavior".
Justin dated Caitlin Beadles from 2008 to 2009. From 2010 to 2014, Justin dated Selena Gomez. In late 2015, Justin posted a photo of himself kissing model Hailey Baldwin to Instagram. On August 16, 2016, Bieber deleted his Instagram account after fans left volatile comments on a photo he uploaded with Sofia Richie. It is unconfirmed whether they dated. In February of 2017, Justin reactivated his Instagram account. In October of 2017, Justin briefly rekindled his relationship with Gomez for approximately three months. He then rekindled his relationship with Baldwin in early 2018 before proposing to her in July.
In February 2018, a museum exhibit dedicated to Bieber opened in his hometown of Stratford called "Justin Bieber: Steps To Stardom", the museum contains various items belonging to Justin, sport photos and news articles.
Justin Bieber has released five studio albums, six compilation albums and one extended play.
- My World (2009)
- My World 2.0 (2010)
- Under The Mistletoe (2011)
- Believe (2012)
- Purpose (2015)
- Never Say Never - The Remixes (2011)
- Journals (2013)
- Believe Acoustic (2013)